All compulsive gamblers struggle day in and day out to put an end to their addiction. Sadly, it can go unnoticed by friends, family, and officemates to the point that it’s way past controlling. The conflicting emotions between wanting the addiction and the need to end it can be very stressful to those inflicted with this addiction.
Sometimes, their plea for help is cryptic since they really do not want to let go of the addiction. Finally, when it is heard, everyone is at a loss of what to do and how to deal with the problem.
The effects of gambling are very predictable. Those who are addicted to it will not be able to pay bills anymore and the debts keep growing. They start lying to their friends and family so that the gambling problem will not be noticed. Relationships start to break because the gambler is barely at home to strengthen family ties. And when they are present during family gatherings, they are fidgety and always look as if they need to be somewhere else.
Obsessive gamblers will never tell anyone of their problem because for some, this is their escape from reality. If reality for them is full of frustration, sadness, or disappointments, they would rather dwell in the gambling world and keep having the instant fun that they are so accustomed to. The rare times that they do open up to someone is true, however, the person that they admit the addiction to sometimes have no clue as to what to do in the situation so in the end, the addiction continues.
A point comes when the addiction is so obvious you can see it from miles away. The victim does not even attempt to cover up the addiction anymore. This is a sign that he or she is finally asking for help. When this happens, you need to do a confrontation. It is important the gambler acknowledges and admits that he or she has a problem. Only then can real treatment be done.
Fortunately, there are already numerous kinds of solutions to gambling problems. There are self-help manuals and websites that offer alternative treatment for this problem. There is Gamblers Anonymous that will surely help you overcome the addiction. Support groups are very effective at purging your system from the addiction.